I am not a big fan of incredibly sweet things, and this is why I am so fond of dark chocolate. It gives me the flavor I need without swamping me in tons of extra sugar that I don't really need.
I have tried several brands and I have to say that they were not all created equal. If you are looking to find the best dark chocolate, you should continue reading.
Keep in mind that price does not mean everything. I remember spending
nearly 15 dollars believing it would lead me to the best dark chocolate I
have ever tasted. To be honest, I have found bars of candy in discount
stores that cost better than that. Do not allow a hefty price tag to
sway you in the wrong direction. Other factors should be considered.
I prefer a dark chocolate that has a hint of creaminess to it, but you may want something that has a bit more graininess.
Look at the wrapper of the description of the chocolate you are purchasing to get clues on what type of texture the product has.
For example, if a chocolate is described as being silken, velvety or smooth, you know that it will be very soft in texture.
Sometimes and additional ingredient can make a world of difference. I have seen dark chocolate that has everything in it from orange rind to chili peppers, and everything in between. Personal preferences will really come into play here. I could never thing of a product as the best dark chocolate if it does not contain nuts, but you may have some other determining factors.
Even if something is too inexpensive to be believed, you should give it a try. There are major chocolate makers that sell their products to discount stores for less, and they are given a generic label. This means that the chocolate you paid three bucks for can really be the same as the one that is in another store for ten dollars. Considering the fact that you won't have to spend a lot of money to try it, there is no reason why you should not do so.
For some people, it matters what country the dark chocolate came from. People all over the world give the Swiss all of the credit for making good chocolate. While I have tasted a few from different countries, I can honestly say that the best dark chocolate I have ever had is made by a large American chocolate retailer. Again, preference comes into play a little here.
Take the time to try several and narrow it down from there. If you decide that a dark chocolate bar is not enough, you can always consider dark chocolate brownies, cake or cookies.
There are several chocolate factories out there that offer baking mixes that contain pieces of their specialty chocolate in the mix.